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Cloud Microphones Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator

Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator

Active Gain for Dynamics and Ribbons

It’s all about gain and impedance. While some of the best sounding microphones out there are low-output dynamics and ribbons, pre-amplification can be challenging due to the gain and impedance requirements. Cloudlifters address this by giving passive microphone signals a major inline boost -up to +25db of ultra-clean gain- while properly loading the microphones’ transformer for optimal performance.

The Cloudlifter® CL-1 is completely self contained, driven only by the phantom power from your mixer or preamp. Ideal for dynamics and ribbons alike, the CL-1 turns phantom power into the extra gain required for using passive microphones. The immediate dose of extra gain can make even a budget microphone/preamp combination sound clean and professional.

For broadcasting and live sound, the active output signal of the CL-1 can prevent added noise over long cable runs. With endless uses, Cloudlifters are quickly becoming a standard workhorse solution for audio and broadcast professionals.

 


Cloudlifter CL-2 Mic Activator 

Active Gain for Dynamics and Ribbons

It’s all about gain and impedance. While some of the best sounding microphones out there are low-output dynamics and ribbons, pre-amplification can be challenging due to the gain and impedance requirements. Cloudlifters address this by giving passive microphone signals a major inline boost -up to +25db of ultra-clean gain- while properly loading the microphones’ transformer for optimal performance.

The Cloudlifter® CL-2 is completely self contained, with two independent channels, driven only by the phantom power from your mixer or preamp. Ideal for dynamics and ribbons alike, the CL-2 turns phantom power into the extra gain required for using passive microphones. The immediate dose of extra gain can make even a budget microphone/preamp combination sound clean and professional.

For broadcasting and live sound, the active output signal of the CL-2 can prevent added noise over long cable runs. With endless uses, Cloudlifters are quickly becoming a standard workhorse solution for audio and broadcast professionals.


 

Z-plus-TEC-300xCloud Microphones Cloudlifter CL-Z Mic Activator

The Cloud® Microphones Cloudlifter® CL-Z Mic Activator® uses phantom power from your preamp to solve an array of common issues with dynamic and ribbon microphones while maximizing your audio quality, making it a must-have box for your studio or live toolset. It’s designed to be a middleman between your mic and preamp, maximizing the signal quality by providing an additional +25dB of ultra-clean gain. This can dramatically improve the sound quality when using preamps that are noisy in their upper gain range, and with long cable runs.

The CL-Z provides a spectrum of new possibilities with its comprehensive feature set. Continuously variable input impedance from 150 ohms to 15k ohms allows for ultimate control over your microphones character, while the variable low-cut filter allows for custom tonal shaping and control over the microphone’s natural proximity effect. This is especially useful for voice and other sources where lower frequencies need a gentle or drastic reduction.

The CL-Z, like all Cloudlifters, requires phantom power to operate, yet does not pass phantom to the input. For this reason, Cloudlifters are an ideal solution for ribbon, dynamic, and tube microphones alike!


 

CL4-front-and-back-300x-jpgCloud Microphones Cloudlifter CL-4 Mic Activator Cloudlifter Goes to the Rack!

Cloudlifter CL-4 Mic Activator is based on Cloud’s award-winning Cloudlifter technology that converts phantom power into an additional +25 dB of ultra-clean gain for low output dynamic and ribbon mics. Cloudlifters solve problems posed by noisy preamps and can be used to drive stronger, cleaner signals over long XLR cable runs. The single rack space CL-4 is simple and compact, featuring four rear-mounted sets of balanced XLR inputs and outputs and is ideal for broadcast, live sound, public address, and professional studio applications.

Cloudlifters dramatically improve the performance of passive microphone signals by driving stronger, cleaner signals over long XLR cable runs and providing significant ultra-clean gain, before the mixer or preamp. This allows the microphone’s preamp to operate using much lower gain settings, resulting in significantly reduced noise and improved clarity. The CL-4 is enclosed in a rugged rack-mount enclosure offering excellent shielding and durability.

Using patent pending technology that keeps the direct audio path free-and- clear of transformers, capacitors, and resistors, the CL-4 houses Class A, Discrete JFET circuitry that delivers world class, ultra-clean gain while preserving the natural sonic characteristics of the source.


The JRS-34 Active Microphone
The Cloud Microphones JRS-34, nominated for the 2011 Musikmesse International Press Award in the category of studio microphones, was designed in collaboration with Stephen Sank and named in memory of  Jon R. Sank (1934-1998). Mr. Sank was instrumental in designing many of RCA’s legendary ribbon mics, including the BK-11 and BK-10A. When RCA abandoned its microphone division, Mr. Sank left with a lifetime of tools and knowledge and began teaching his son Stephen, the art of ribbon microphones.

Built upon the shoulders of giant RCA mics. The ribbon itself is the same as the original 44 series, everything else has been redesigned, drawing upon valuable lessons from the the BK-11 and other microphones. The Cloud JRS-34, with modern appointments such as neodymium magnets, Cinemag transformers, and active D/C JFET Circuitry, takes the next evolutionary step in the immortal 44/BK-11 design line


The Cloud Microphones JRS-34-P is the passive version of the JRS-34 and is otherwise the same build. The JRS-34-P requires a high gain preamp, or a Cloudlifter, and is influenced by the impedance loading and gain structure of the external preamp. This could be an advantage for an engineer with a selection of specialized preamps, that wants the widest range of sounds available.

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MSRP: $1499

 

 

 


Cloud-44-A-in-shockmounWEBtCloud Microphones Cloud 44-A Active Ribbon Microphone

Modern technology elevates a classic sound

From direct RCA* lineage, the Cloud® 44-A microphone reawakens the spirit of the classic RCA Type 44 ribbon mic for today’s applications. Internally within the Cloud 44-A, the ribbon itself remains unchanged, handcrafted to specifications first prescribed in the 1930s by RCA’s Harry F. Olson. Everything else has been engineered anew, however, using 21st century improvements transcending the capabilities of Olson’s time. Utilizing Cloud’s award-winning, patent pending “Cloudlifter®” circuitry with its unique features and ultra-clean characteristics, the 44-A is an active ribbon mic with personality from the past plus all the strength and clarity required for today’s most demanding tasks.

Voice or Music?

The Cloud 44-A is the first and only active ribbon microphone with switchable Voice/Music response curves, reminiscent of the early RCA mics, for controlling proximity effect. The patent pending technology, a switchable interface that provides dual frequency response voicing in an active ribbon microphone, is very useful in a wide variety of scenarios. Voiceover artists and singers can use the “Voice” setting to instantly reduce the large bass proximity effect associated with being close to the microphone. The “voice” position can also be useful for reducing intense low frequencies when using the mic to capture an instrument at close range, or where they may be rumble or vibration noise present. Of course, some vocalists will prefer the larger bass response at close proximity, so having the switchable interface affords the user a microphone with two distinct voices, inviting the special sound of a ribbon microphone to be used on a variety of new sources that may not have otherwise be desirable.

The Cloud 44-A requires phantom power and has an output level compatible with virtually any modern preamp. Included is the Cloud U1 shockmount, a beautiful handcrafted wooden box and a microfiber mic cover, designed to properly store and clean the microphone.


U1-Mount-300x-Cloud Microphones Cloud U1 Universal Shockmount

The Cloud® U1 updates the concept of microphone suspension for the 21st century, completely omitting any elasticated parts and using modern materials to create a virtually indestructible shock-mount with a performance that provides up to twice the isolation of traditional ‘cat’s cradle’ microphone suspension systems.

Perhaps the most versatile microphone shockmount on the market, the U1 is fully adjustable to cover a wide range of microphone sizes. The isolation properties are highly effective and make use of the patented vibration- resistant W-shaped Lyre system, carefully oriented around a central mounting ring. The U1 is designed to accommodate all Cloud Microphones boutique ribbon mics, but also will handle a wide array of classic and modern designs, providing a perfect solution for both side address and many end address microphones. The 4 way adjustable fasteners make it quick and easy to change the mic during sessions. Compatibility also includes larger to medium sized mics that are difficult to mate, mics with an unusual shape, or those that have been previously limited to proprietary mounts.